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Janken or Rock-Paper-Scissors

Janken 4's -No materials or preparation! -日本語のビデオ説めもある

THE warm-up activity beginning all of the EigoNoto.com lessons. Works for any language pattern- Teaches conversation skills, too! See an in-class explanation on video

Janken Conversation Rounds -No materials or preparation!

*This activity was chosen by a group of elementary teachers as the main activity for their English classes. It is the best way to teach and practice Conversation Skills. It can be used for meaning- or pattern-focus, and for all of the language structures.

Maru-Batsu (O/X) Game -No materials or preparation!

EigoNoto.com version of the classic Japanese game. Very powerful learning activity.

Hot Potato -No materials or preparation!

A small group creative substitution activity.

Get The Picture (GTP)

see an in-class explanation on video

Pair Karuta -No materials or preparation!

A very simple version of the classic game.

Interview Bingo

see an in-class explanation on video


Eraser/Keyword Game

Pair listening activity from the Eigo Noto text.

Ohajiki Game

Listening activity from the Eigo Noto text. A blend of Bingo & Karuta...


My version of the classic game. NOW it's really communicative! With a link to download the board.

Row Practice/Row Races -No materials or preparation!

Find 3 People -No materials or preparation!

Find 3 People-Tell the Teacher -No materials or preparation!

Liar! Liar! -No materials or preparation!

Hand Sandwich -No materials or preparation!

A fun way to finish off a pair activity (with a winner & loser).

Clue Bingo

Pair Slap -No materials or preparation!

Individual Student Translation

Short notes on how to lessen the stress...

Hebi Janken

Teams compete to get to the end of the line of vocabulary cards first.

Dictionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to say a word they don't know!

Pictionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to draw a word they don't know!

Gestionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to act out a word they don't know!

WYAN- Word You Aleady Know. Students already know a lot of English words- prompt them to tell you what they already know!

Listen, Repeat and Point- Turn on students' power to remember.

Repeat and Change the Pattern Speaking- No materials or preparation!

A simple activity to help students perform short speeches.

Interactive Introduction- No materials or preparation!

A simple step-by-step way to introduce new language patterns. You do the speaking, the students learn the rest as a class.

Drawing an Explanation One Line at a Time- for Grade 5 Lesson 7 What's This?

Black Box Activity Adaptation- Let's all the kids participate, not just one at a time. For Grade 5 Lesson 7

Story Telling in Rounds

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Eigo Note Lesson 5-4-3  


Grade: 5
Lesson: 4 (3 of 4)
Target: Do you like apples? Yes, I do. No, I don’t. I like bananas.
Materials: CD & player; Text; small papers for Ohajiki Game

Greeting- 2 minutes
Teacher to Students- Listen & Repeat (some or all)
Hello, Hi, Hey, Howdy, G’day, Good Morning, Hola, Aloha, Bon Jour, Bon Dia, Bon Journo, Ni Hao, Konnichiwa, Anyohaseyo, Sambaino, Kiola, Selamat Pagi (am) (pm-Siang), Shalom, Jambo, Asalamalekum, Zzdrastvet-yah, Namaste.

Ohajiki Game- vocabulary review- 1o minutes (hear the audio)
Textbook- page 25
Materials- cut papers that students can easily tear into 5 small coin-size pieces to cover pictures in the textbook.

  • Do you like apples?
  • Yes, I do. I like apples.
  • No, I don’t. I don’t like apples.
ALT/HRT- In turns,
  • A) Do you like ?
  • B1) Yes, I do. I like apples.
  • B2) No, I don’t. I don’t like apples.
Students- Tear papers into 5 pieces, then cover 5 pictures on page 25. When a teacher answers, take the paper off the picture if yours is covered. Students to uncover all of their pictures stand up and yell, ‘I win!’. (Or after there are a few winners, have all non-winners stand up.  Then when they finish, they can sit down.)

Janken 4’s- Warm-Up/Review/Conversation Skills Practice
ALT/HRT: Janken and do the conversation first together, then with a few students to practice/demonstrate.
Students: Each student Janken and Converse with 3 others in groups of 4
  • W) I like apples. 
  • L1) I like apples, too.
  • L2) I don’t like apples.

Let’s Chant- Do you like dogs?
  • Do you clap-clap X2 Do you like dogs? clap-clap  
  • Yes, I do! X2 I like dogs. clap-clap-clap
  • (No, I don’t! clap-clap X2 I don’t like dogs. clap-clap-clap)
  •  -dogs/yes, cats/no, milk/yes, ice cream/no, soccer/yes, skiing/no-
ALT- Listen & Repeat the words from the blackboard with the students once or twice before singing together.
Students- Listen to & Repeat after the ALT, then sing along with the teachers.

Activity 1- Interview
Textbook- page 28
  • Do you like OO? 
  • Yes, I do. I like OO.
  • No, I don’t. I don’t like OO.
*And a box with 3 areas, a picture, O and X, like those on page 28 (for demonstration).
Students- First draw 1 picture of THINGS YOU LIKE in each of the three spaces on page 28. Then, after watching the demonstration, Janken with your friends; winner can ask one question, then loser. Write your friends’ names in the O or X space next to your pictures. When the names’ spaces are full, sit down.
ALT/HRT- Demonstrate activity. Ask students to explain the activity in Japanese to check comprehension.

Find 3 People- if time (5-8 minutes)
  • W) Do you like OO? 
  • L1) Yes, I do. I like OO. (A+1 Answer)
  • L2) No, I don’t. I don’t like OO.(A+1 Answer)
Students- Play Janken with your friends. Winner asks an original question. GOAL is to find 3 students who answer YES, I DO.  Then students return to their seats and sit down.

Wrap-Up- 3 minutes
(Present common mistakes to the whole class. Write the mistaken point on the blackboard, and ask if anybody can see the mistake.) Or-
HRT to Students, in Japanese:
-What did we talk about today? 
-Were there some words you already knew?
-Did you learn any new words?
-What was fun or interesting?
-What was difficult?
-How can we make that easier next time?

Closing- 1 minute
Students: ‘Thank you! Good bye!’
Teachers: ‘You’re welcome! Good bye!’

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